“Festival of Trees” To Kick Off Dec. 14th

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The annual Festival of Trees exhibit and “Toys for Tots” fundraiser will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown from Dec. 14 – Jan. 12.  The exhibit opens with a Preview Party fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 13. The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is currently seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to sponsor and decorate a tree. All funds raised from the trees go directly to “Toys for Tots.”  Participants must supply their own artificial tree. 

This year the event looks to celebrate diversity with the theme Here, There and Everywhere! Celebrating Fall and Winter Traditions from Around the World.

 The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).  

To register a tree, send checks or money orders, made payable to “Toys for Tots,” to Chris Calvey, Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department, 300 Cliff Street, Scranton, PA 18503. 

Applications may be downloaded from the Lackawanna County website or requested by calling 570-963-6590, ext. 106. Please email any questions to arts-culture@lackawannacounty.org

Depending on space availability, trees may be registered until Dec, 12. All trees must be set-up by Dec. 13.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Takes on “How to Succeed”

How to Succeed 2 colThis past month, performers with the Scranton Shakespeare Festival presented the first show of it’s seventh season: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Directed by Bobby Temple, the musical was performed at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, continuing the festival’s exploration of location-specific theatre, a nod to last year’s “Damn Yankees” at PNC Field.

Cast members from are shown during a performance at the Steamtown Mall. The popular musical will presented one final time on at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 28.

Tickets are free to the public but seating is limited. For information on how to reserve tickets, visit www.scrantonshakes.com.

Festival of Trees to benefit Toys for Tots

christmas-treeThe annual Festival of Trees exhibit and Toys for Tots fundraiser will be held at the Marketplace at Steamtown in the former Abercrombie & Fitch space. The exhibit will open with a reception and fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 5:30 pm. The trees will be on display through Jan. 9.

The Lackawanna County Arts and Culture Department is seeking non-profit organizations, businesses, churches and schools to participate in the event by sponsoring and decorating a tree.  Participants must supply their own artificial tree. All funds raised will go directly to Toys for Tots.

In an attempt to celebrate Lackawanna County’s industrial history, the theme for this year is Steamtown Goes Steampunk! Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial, steam-powered machinery which has launched a whole visual style and philosophy. It blends the cutting edge with the past by juxtaposing modern technology with a Victorian aesthetic. Steampunk has roots in the Victorian era and the fantastic works of authors such as Jules Verne, who wrote Around the World in Eighty Days, The Steam House, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; and H.G. Wells, author of The Invisible Man and The Time Machine.

The cost to sponsor a tree is $50 for non-profits, schools and small businesses (50 or under employees) and $100 for corporations (over 50 employees).

To register a tree, send checks or money orders, made payable to Toys for Tots, along with contact information to Gerard Hetman, Festival of Trees, Lackawanna County Community Relations Department, 200 Adams Avenue, Sixth Floor, Scranton, PA 18503.  To request a formal application, call The Arts and Culture Department at 570.963.6590, ext. Depending on space availability, the registration deadline is slated to close on Dec. 8.  All trees must be set-up by Dec. 9.